Brexit restrictions on British bands touring in the EU are to be eased

Restrictions imposed on British musicians touring in the European Union due to Brexit are to be eased.

ransport secretary Grant Shapps said he would make it easier for hauliers to move equipment for music concerts, sporting and cultural events between the UK and the bloc.

The cabinet minister lashed out at the “EU bureaucracy” that had “endangered” the sector.

A new dual registration system will apply to drivers with an established base in the UK and a country outside the UK, the Department for Transport (DfT) said.

Drivers can switch vehicles between the two operator licenses without being restricted on their journeys or paying road excise duty in the UK for up to six months a year.

The new system is expected to be introduced in late summer.

Mr Shapps said: “British talent has long been at the heart of the global performing arts and our specialized transport sector is critical to the success of their tours.

“It is unacceptable that due to EU bureaucracy, the operations of our specialist transport sector on which our artists rely have been jeopardized and the livelihoods of traveling artists and athletes have been affected.

“Dual registration helps rectify that and means touring events can take place seamlessly across the UK, EU and beyond, allowing our incredible cultural sector to thrive for years to come.”

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The UK live music sector has expressed long-standing concerns about the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU on touring abroad.

Since Brexit, British special transporters are only allowed to make three stops per tour in the EU.

The dual registration system allows drivers to bypass this restriction.

Without this initiative, many tours this year simply could not have taken placeTarrant Anderson, Vans for Bands

Tarrant Anderson, Director of transport company Vans For Bands, said: “We are delighted that DfT has dug deep into our industry on this critical issue and found a solution to keep the live music touring industry afloat.

“Without this initiative, many tours this year simply could not have taken place.”

Craig Stanley, Chairman of LIVE’s touring group, a group representing the UK live music industry, said: “We are delighted that our close working relationship with the Government has paid off and welcome this step which will enable the continuation of European music tours in will make possible this summer.

“We now look forward to working with the government on options to permanently resolve this issue, such as negotiating an EU-wide cultural exemption.”

Dual registration applies to the UK only as operator licensing is transferred to Northern Ireland. Brexit restrictions on British bands touring in the EU are to be eased

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